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Schierholtz Stars In Debut; Phils Win

Phillies 3, Nationals 2
WP – Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63)
LP – Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (23)

WASHINGTON — Nate Schierholtz expressed that he was happy to get a fresh start in Philadelphia.

Newly acquired right fielder Nate Schierholtz hits a single in the 3rd inning for the Phillies. He went 2-for-5 with a home run in his Phillies debut. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

If he plays like he did in the Phillies 3-2 win on a regular basis, his leash will be a lot longer than it was in San Francisco.

The win for the Phillies was their second straight, guaranteeing them their first series win against the first place Nationals on the season.

Schierholtz hit a solo home run in the 5th inning that turned into the game-winner. It was his first blast in a Phillies uniform and sixth of the season.

Schierholtz finished the game with two hits while hitting in the two-hole. He also made a nice sliding catch in right field, flashing the leather and the bat all in one game.

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Kickin’ It Old School: Hamels Shuts Out Nats

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 4, Nationals 0
WP – Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17)
LP – Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38)

PHILADELPHIA — The only Phillies pitcher that can seem to beat Washington this season is Cole Hamels.

Enjoying a career season in which Hamels is looking to get paid, he shut down the Nationals for the second time this young season. He pitched eight scoreless, shutting down the Nationals in a 4-1 win to prevent a sweep and snap a four-game losing streak.

The left-hander shook off the Bryce Harper rematch billing that was created all week when he got the rookie to fly out for the game’s first out. He then proceeded to no-hit the Nationals all the way until the 6th inning.

Danny Espinosa broke up the no-no bid with his one-out double in the 6th. He was then gunned out at the plate by Hunter Pence on the very next at-bat, a single by Harper.

Hamels allowed only two more hits after that, pitching eight scoreless and striking out eight while walking three. It was a brilliant outing by a pitcher who’s mental toughness was questioned by the Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo, two weeks ago.

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Falling down the slippery slope of meaningless games

Phils starter Vance Worley pitches in what could be his last start of the 2011 season before making the switch to the bull pen. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It’s really hard to gauge if this recent string of play from the Phillies is something worry about or if it will all go away once October baseball starts.

Whatever it is, the Phillies have lost for the fifth straight time, a first in 16 months. The score was 7-5 and the result was the same as it was this past weekend: disappointing.

Vance Worley took the mound for the Phillies, scattering four runs in six innings of work. He allowed six hits, three walks and struck out four.

Worley held a 3-2 lead heading into the 6th but Danny Espinosa tapped him for a two-run bomb to give the Nats a permanent lead.

Ben Francisco had a three-hit game for the Phils while getting the rare start. John Mayberry also had three hits, capped off with a two-run bomb in the 8th inning. Raul Ibanez’s two hits gave the Phillies outfield an eight-hit performance.

HR: Mayberry (15).

WP: Lannan (10-13). LP: Worley (11-3). S: Rodriguez (1).


Lidge plunks Gomes with bases loaded; Phils lose

Rookie reliever Michael Schwimer pitches in his major league debut. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four in three innings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It was a slider that just wouldn’t break.

Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, trotted home as the game’s winning run.

You can say the Phillies were cursed with the two most dramatic evils in getting walked-off. On one side, Ryan Madson gave up six runs in the 9th inning, capped by a grand slam by Zimmerman in the Nats 8-4 win Friday. Then there was Brad Lidge, greeted again with the bases loaded and losing the game for the Phils in the most anti-climactic way: a walk-off hit batter to lost 5-4.

The last time that’s happened for the Phils? Try 1998 when Mark Leiter hit Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros.

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Whacky 3rd dooms Lannan, Nats

Phils slugger Ryan Howard is locked in as he crushed a two-run opposite field homer off John Lannan in the 1st. He had four RBIs in the game, increasing his MLB leading total to 95. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The last time John Lannan faced the Phillies, he finally snapped a 13-game winless spell against Philadelphia with his first winning decision on June 1.

But things were back to normal tonight as Lanna, 1-10 in his career against the Phils, struggled again. Lannan’s night was highlighted by a miserable 3rd inning as the Phils beat Washington, 11-3.

The 3rd started off with Shane Victorino reaching on a throwing error by short stop Ian Desmond. After a Chase Utley single, Ryan Howard drove in Victorino to make it a 3-2 game. Hunter Pence was walked and the bases remained loaded for Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez hit a hard shot to first baseman Michael Morse, who snagged the ball with his backhand and flipping to Lannan for the only possible out at first. Utley scored on the play and the Phils went up 4-2. Lannan intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases for Wilson Valdez.

This is where the inning got a little interesting.

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Espinosa homers twice in Nats win

So far this series, Danny Espinosa has been playing the part of an All-Star.

The Nationals second baseman homered twice tonight in a 10-2 win over the Phillies. Espinosa has homered three times through the first two games of the series.

He was three-for-four with a home run and four RBIs. Espinosa also scored  two runs in the victory.

Cliff Lee had an outing to forget as he gave up five runs in the fifth inning which put the Phillies in a 5-0 hole. Lee pitched 5.1 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Lee fell into a home when the Nationals loaded up the bases with one out.

Jayson Werth and Michael provided RBIs to get the scoring started in the third inning.

Then Espinosa followed with a mammoth three-run home run to make it 5-0. He added a solo shot in the sixth inning.

The Nationals added three runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.

Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. provided the offense as they hit back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth inning. Brown went two-for-three for the Phillies in the loss.

Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz each went two-for-four as well.

The Phillies will send Roy Oswalt to the mound in the series finale on Wednesday in a 1:05 game.

2B: Brown (4). HR: Brown (12), Mayberry (3).

WP: Marquis (6-2). LP: Lee (4-5).


Werth, Nats got Vance’d

Phillies starter Vance Worley is going to make it hard for the team to send him down once Joe Blanton is back up. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Vance Worley, who looks like he could be straight out of “Major League” as Wild Thing Rick Vaughn, made quick work of the Nationals.

Worley, making his second start in place of the injured Joe Blanton, pitched six innings, scattering a run and four hits while striking out seven in the Phillies 7-4 win.

Worley painted the corners all night, striking out Adam LaRoche twice looking on the inside corner and lead off Danny Espinosa.

In Jayson Werth’s first at-bat, he was greeted with loud cheers. But Worley was greeted with even louder cheers when he struck out Werth with his fastball to end the first. Read more of this post